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Cognac

Cognac has long since been heralded as the most revered spirit in the world and its reputation is second to none. It is interesting to learn that Cognac was one of the last regions in France to begin distilling; it was during the 17th century that Cognac production got underway in earnest.

The drink is produced in the town of Cognac to the very west of France, and it has had a recent surge in popularity and the famed Cognac houses - including Hennessy, Hine, Martell and Rémy Martin – have become household names.

Cognac is distilled from a selection of grape varietals, with Ugni Blanc being the most popular. The first step is to press and ferment the grapes to make wine. It is worth mentioning that good Cognac grapes and good wine grapes are two separate entities, for different qualities are required. Cognac grapes do not tend to make for good wine, because they are rather bitter and acidic, thus a good year for wine may not be such for Cognac.

The wine is twice distilled - as opposed to Armagnac which undergoes a single distillation – before the spirit is matured for at least two years in oak barrels. There are regional distinctions within Cognac and most houses usually blend grapes from multiple sub-regions within the Cognac area. The regions are ringed around the town, and the most central regions are the most venerated. The premier cru is Grand Champagne, so named for the nature of its soils.

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Baron Otard VSOP Cognac, all the way from the 1960s and made for the Italian market. The Baron Otard established his Cognac House in 1795, over 200 years ago. The Chateau de Cognac, where the house...  More info
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An extraordinary piece of history here. 1914 is known as the 'Ladies Vintage', as the outbreak of war meant that women did much of the distilling that year. Subsequently brought over to the UK on...  More info
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An extremely old bottling of Cognac from Eschenauer & Co. This rare spirit is an 1892 vintage, meaning that it was distilled over 120 years ago!  More info
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This bottle of J.G. Monnet 3 Star Cognac, which would eventually become known as VS, was produced in the 1960s and is in fantastic condition. Once again, it features a small fire-breathing salamander...  More info
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A VSOP expression from Richard Delisle in France. This Cognac is made with eaux-de-vie that has aged in a cask for at least 4 years before it was bottled. As such, it's a little bit fancier and comes...  More info
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This is Richard Delisle's XO Grande Champagne Cognac, a deluxe, limited edition expression from the French producer. Handsomely presented, of course, like all good XO Cognac should be. It took home a...  More info
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A vintage Fins Bois Cognac, produced by the Richard Delisle house. This is the 1965 vintage from over 45 years ago, quite an achievement indeed. It has also been kept at a very high ABV for a Cognac...  More info
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3 Star Cognac from Courvoisier, which these days would be known as VS. The French Cognac experts produced this relic back in the 1960s, when the 3 Star name was widely used. Very collectible and...  More info
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